Impromptu Speaking Cheat Sheet by ruthsong
Impromptu Cheat Sheets
Impromptu Speaking Cheat Sheet
Preparation: 5 mins [can use laptop]
Speaking: 1.5-3 mins [palm-sized cue card]
1. Start with an attention grabber
2. State your topic and explain what it means
3. State your first point + evidence
4. Start your conclusion [at 2:00 latest]
3b. State your third point + evidence
3a. State your second point + evidence
5. Say "Thank You" and leave the stage
PRE-SPEECH: STEP 1
What do you understand about the topic? Summarise in a short phrase.
Competition is necessary
Love conquers all
Practice makes perfect
Singapore needs foreign talent
PRE-SPEECH: STEP 2
What do you know about the topic?
Can you write down 1 - 3 main points that you can talk about?
Do you need to do research?
Do you need to define any terms in the question?
PRE-SPEECH: STEP 3
What speech structure will you use? Choose 1 below
PREP - Position, Reason, Evidence, Position
PSC - Point, Support, Conclusion
PPF - Past, Present, Future
Additional: Pros & Cons, Compare & Contrast, Situation/Action/Result
WRITE THE SPEECH: STEP 1
Start your speech with 1 attention grabber
PROP - Choose 1 item that can symbolise the meaning of your topic
QUESTION - Wait for the audience to give you a response
QUOTATION - Use the quotation given or another relevant quotation
STORY - Choose a relevant story to engage the audience
STATISTICS - to shock or demystify a topic
WRITE THE SPEECH: STEP 2
What is the content of your speech?
What do you feel about this topic?
Why do you feel this way?
What evidence do you have to support your point?
WRITE THE SPEECH: STEP 3
Summarise the points you made in your speech
[OPTIONAL]Include one of the following [make sure it is relevant!]
1. Quotation (same one or another relevant one) or
2. Story (to summarise your speech) or
3. Inspirational message or
Failure is the mother of success
Accept each other's differences
Friends are important, treasure them
4. Call to action
Spend more time with your family
Smile at the next stranger you meet
Stop working too hard
Say "Thank You" and leave the stage
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
QUOTATION - Who is the author?
What is/was he/she famous for?
Why would he/she say such a quote?
How does the meaning of the quote apply to your career / life / relationships?
POLITICS / BUSINESS - Has there been a similar situation(s) that happened in your CCA / workplace?
SOCIAL / CURRENT - Imagine it is happening to you right now. What would you do / not do? How will it impact you now and in the future?
Don't show your nervousness onstage - Relax yourself offstage
Take relaxing deep breaths until you feel steadier
Smile naturally as you begin - try to keep smiling throughout
Keep your eyes on 2-3 people at different parts of the room at least 75% of the time
Never read from a script / paper / mobile phone
Pause at the right time. Silently count up to 6 for questions, up to 2 if you are moving to a new point
Speak louder than conversational tone - this will help you speak slowly
Slow down if you are feeling out of breath / keep your energy consistent
Don't walk around the stage - stand and face the audience squarely
DEEP BREATHING - Suck in air through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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